Gourmet

Turning a £4.99 KFC Meal Deal Into Something Edible

Colin McQuistan | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Colin McQuistan

Succulent, moist, well balanced, delicious, inspiring. These are words I would not use to describe a KFC 3 piece meal deal for £4.99. Whereas soggy, limp, greasy, salty, tragic, granular, are all just words. Anyway, what am I going to do with all this delectable goodness?

Planet Appetite: Tourism and Gastronomy in Mallorca, Spain

Rupert Parker | Posted 15.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

Mallorca was one of the first destinations for package tourists and has been serving up sun, sand and sea for generations. In the quest to please international visitors, local food traditions tended to be ignored but tourists are now demanding more from their holidays.

Planet Appetite: Restaurant Week in Valencia, Spain

Rupert Parker | Posted 09.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

Valencia is rightly famous for its Paella but, for one week only, many of the city's restaurants offer menus at just €20 for lunch and €30 for dinner, using the best of local ingredients.

Planet Appetite: Riding the Gourmet Gravy Train to Charlevoix, Quebec, Canada

Rupert Parker | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

French Canada prides itself not just on its language but also on the quality of its food - I take the train from Quebec City to the Charlevoix region and explore their Flavour Trail.

Planet Appetite: The Isles of Scilly, UK - Prince Charles's Private Islands

Rupert Parker | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

Situated in the Atlantic, West of England's Land's End, the Isles of Scilly, belonging to the Duchy of Cornwall, are everything the Great British Seaside should be. Oh, and the food is pretty good too.

Planet Appetite: Tourism and Gastronomy Conference in Santorini, Greece

Rupert Parker | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

Greek food has not enjoyed the greatest of reputations - lowlights include greasy Moussaka, fatty Kebabs and Retsina wines that taste of turpentine. But it deserves better than that. Now the island of Santorini has declared 2013 as the year of gastronomy and is showcasing its unique products.

Planet Appetite: South American Flavours of Ecuador

Rupert Parker | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

Countries from South and Central America have been setting culinary trends recently and now Ecuador is making the running.

Chef All at Sea

Mike Gerrard | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mike Gerrard

The challenge facing this chef is that he is on board the Glen Tarsan, a converted fishing boat which now takes up to 12 passengers on wildlife cruises off the west coast of Scotland, where the weather can occasionally be, well, challenging.

Planet Appetite: Moti Mahal Restaurant, Covent Garden, London, Pairs Whisky with Indian Food

Rupert Parker | Posted 06.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

I have to say that initially I was quite dubious about the idea of whisky and Indian food but, once I got going, I realised that this was not the first time I'd tried the combination.

Planet Appetite: Peaks of Gastronomy in Alta Badia, Dolomites, Italy

Rupert Parker | Posted 29.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

The tiny valley of Alta Badia, in heart of the Dolomites, has a trio of Michelin-starred restaurants, in a distance of just 7 km, and their chefs are also transforming the food in mountain restaurants.

Planet Appetite: A Taste of Benelux - Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg by Train

Rupert Parker | Posted 03.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

A gourmet train journey is a wizard idea, particularly when you get to visit three countries in six days and eat at some of their best restaurants. Departure is from St Pancras and I'm soon in Brussels, changing from the Eurostar to the local Belgium network.

Planet Appetite: Baking and Breaking Easter Bread at Thanos Hotels in Paphos, Cyprus

Rupert Parker | Posted 14.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

Greek Orthodox Easter is not just a religious festival, but also a time for special food. Bread is particularly important and, in the kitchens of Thanos Hotels, I learn to bake these Easter delicacies.

Planet Appetite: Castles, Rivers, Vineyards and Foie Gras in the Dordogne, France

Rupert Parker | Posted 10.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

The Dorgogne, in South West France, has long been a magnet for British visitors and many have made their home here. It was one of the first areas of France to be discovered, partly because property was so cheap and the weather was better than at home.

Planet Appetite: Springtime Hiking on the Mullerthal Trail in Luxembourg

Rupert Parker | Posted 24.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

The only tough part is the thick mud which coats the path as I trudge uphill but soon I arrive among the rocks and everything is dry. Huge boulders are scattered across the landscape, as though tossed by some angry giant, and the trail leads through narrow gaps through overhanging cliffs, aptly named the Labyrinth.

Planet Appetite: Matching Beer and Cider Dinner at Galvin Café a Vin, in Spitalfields, London

Rupert Parker | Posted 22.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

The culmination of the Galvin Brothers first British beer week at Galvin Café a Vin is a five-course dinner matching beers and ciders with dishes from chef Jack Boast - an interesting experiment but can it really succeed?

Planet Appetite: Peixe em Lisboa - Fish and Flavours Festival, Lisbon, Portugal

Rupert Parker | Posted 16.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

Now in its 6th year, Peixe em Lisboa takes place over 10 days, with cooking classes, wine pairings, chef demonstrations and tasting dishes provided by top Portuguese restaurants.

Planet Appetite: Mercy Hotel - Elevated Boutique Luxury in Lisbon, Portugal

Rupert Parker | Posted 15.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

Situated in a premium location between Lisbon's Chiado and Bairro Alto districts, the Mercy Hotel's 47 rooms are designed by renowned Portuguese archi...

Planet Appetite: Stars, Food & Art Gourmet Charity Event at The Balcon, Sofitel London St James

Rupert Parker | Posted 22.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

Four chefs, Raymond Blanc, Christophe Muller, Michael Moore and Guy Krenzer, with five Michelin stars between them, each prepare a course, complemented by wines selected by Baron Philippe de Rothschild.

Planet Appetite: Madrid Fusion - 11th International Gastronomy Summit in Madrid, Spain

Rupert Parker | Posted 03.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

Every year, over three days, Madrid Fusion turns Madrid into the world gastronomy and restaurant capital, with over 100 top international chefs discussing the latest culinary trends.

Planet Appetite: Tasty Walks in Guernsey, Channel Islands

Rupert Parker | Posted 30.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

Spring comes early in the Channel Islands, since they're the most southerly part of the British Isles. It's the ideal time to explore Guernsey's network of excellent walks with over 24 miles of cliff trails. The scenery is constantly changing, whether it's the granite cliffs of the south and east or the sandy bays of the north.

Planet Appetite: Hunting the Scarce White Truffle in Le Marche, Italy

Rupert Parker | Posted 03.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

If you're going truffle hunting then the best chance of finding any is in Acqualagna, in Pesaro-Urbino Province, as it supplies two thirds of the Italian market.

Planet Appetite: A Gourmet Weekend in Lausanne, Switzerland

Rupert Parker | Posted 26.11.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

Of course Lausanne prides itself on its wine and the beautiful terraced vineyards of Lavaux, just outside, are packed with wineries offering a warm welcome and a chance to try some of their vintages.

Planet Appetite: En Gard! Culinary Explorations in the South of France

Rupert Parker | Posted 25.11.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

Cheese is a cottage industry here with Pelardon being the king of the goat's cheese. Methods of production have remained unchanged for centuries and I visit Celine Mourgues to find out her secrets. She keeps 80 goats and milks them twice a day.

Planet Appetite: Cycling the Turku Archipelago Trail, Finland

Rupert Parker | Posted 05.11.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

The city of Turku is easily accessible by air from the UK and is both the beginning and end of the route. It's worth spending at least a night there before you head out to the archipelago. Now I'm going to cheat slightly, as I only have a few days to spare, so I won't be cycling the whole route.

Planet Appetite: Gourmet Food Walk in Turku, Finland

Rupert Parker | Posted 30.10.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

To us gastronauts, Finland is not yet on the culinary map, but Turku has come up with an innovative way of sampling some of its top restaurants.